Explore the most popular Camping trails in Los Padres National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
private property
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

A fun hike - requires a decent level of balance and mobility. Hiked on a Friday afternoon in November. The creek is still flowing nicely and the waterfall was beautiful. Would love to try it in the summer as it seems like a great place to swim. There isn’t much elevation gain but there’s lots to do. You start the hike by navigating near and through private property areas. There are highly visible signs to keep you on the hiking path. The main portion follows and cris-crosses the rocky creek. You are balancing on rocks and logs to cross, and you’ll do this frequently. The path becomes less obvious as the rocks take over about halfway in but there are a ton of helpful arrows drawn to help you along. The last little bit is a scramble, you need to get up and over larger boulder piles. The reward is a gorgeous waterfall and pool.

backpacking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
8 days ago

So, this is a freaking BADASS hike. But it is not for the tame hearted. It is very challenging! This is not a place where you will find a nice wide trail. The trails along this hike are made by animals. You will be getting your feet wet crossing with creek frequently so make sure you have boots that drain. The bears are harmless if you are in a group of at least two. Be very careful for rattle snakes. Bring a snakebite kit. And bring a water filter because the springs are often dry so you’ll need to drink the creek water. This is a hike for tough individuals who are looking for a challenge, and who want to go to a place in the world where few have ever ventured. The payoff is so worth every bug bite, scratch, bump, and bruise. Highly recommended if you’re into this kinda trip.

Did an overnight up to Estrella. The trail was well kept and marked, but be cautious if you are afraid of heights because it can be scary in some places. My husband wasn’t afraid, so maybe I’m just a baby? But I made it and it was amazing. Nice springs along the way to fill up on water. The camps were very nice and spread out. We didn’t attempt to get to the waterfall.

Done Salmon Creek couple times. This time is has been cleared the best towards the top before hitting the road which goes to Lion Den camp. Still bugs out. Some water still going but for sure needs to be filtered.

hiking
11 days ago

Be aware that the trail forks and the Reyes Peak Trail isn’t marked (it’s to the right and up the mountain of the marked Haddock Peak Trail)

Really beautiful hike!!! Lots of scrambling and the trails is hard to follow after about 2 miles. Overall trail is definitely over 6 miles but the section we did was fun!! Definitely a wonderful trip!

Magical magical magical. I love this trail. Hike along the creek for the most part, so lots of opportunities to get in and float for a bit before cruisin on your way up to the falls. My fav is the last 20 or so minutes before the falls of rock hopping/bouldering. Majority of trail is fairly flat and easy. It’s really only the last aforementioned bouldering section that is strenuous. I am an active person who is fairly strong, so factor that in when deciding if this is a physically compatible trail for your current level of fitness/limitations, etc.

hiking
12 days ago

Super short but well worth the views

Great trail. Steep. Poles aren’t necessary, but my knees would’ve appreciated them for the descent. Insane views. You can see past Nipomo to the south and up to Ragged Point to the north.

Visited on 11/02 and the falls were lightly flowing. The forest is still scarred from the fires , but prevailing.

hiking
private property
20 days ago

I can only speak to the first 3/4 mile as we didn’t make it any further. Came on a Tuesday around 9am with my pup. Only car in the parking lot so I was skeptical from the start. After 3/4 of a mile alongside barb wire fence and oil drills, we arrived at the gate of the ranch where we faced a choose your own adventure between an unrestrained guard dog who seemed poised to attack our pup, and a trail blocked by farm equipment/fallen trees. Decided to turn back. Certainly made for a memorable Halloween. Unless others have inside knowledge on how to make this hike better I recommend avoiding as this seems unsafe, particularly with dogs.

on Mount Pinos Trail

hiking
24 days ago

Windy at the top and cold this time of year. Amazing view! There are no bathrooms or water at trailhead, please pack out your trash as there are no trash bins either.

hiking
25 days ago

Wonderful and windy

hiking
26 days ago

This is a great trail for training and goes up and up and up. Not too many people on a Saturday morning. The trail head was not well marked but if you follow your all trails app it’ll show you where the trail starts. The trail is pretty well-maintained but stay on the trail because of the poison oak. Take water with you and there’s not really any available unless you have a filter on the first part. The views on the way up and at the top are great however there was smoke in the air because of the California brushfires.

hiking
1 month ago

Shaded for most of this moderate trail. Hiked on 10/20/19 it was chilly but worth to see the beautiful fall colors.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This is a really easy hike. It's a great hike to take your dogs or beginner hikers. The area is really pretty and the parking lot Nordic Base has a lot of room for parking. The only concern about hiking this area is there were a lot of hunters there with their rifles so it may be a little concerning for some. Encountered other hikers throughout the hike be it was never over populated.

hiking
1 month ago

Great for kids. Just watch for some of the steep sides of the trail. The waterfall is a nice easy pay off.

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

lots of poison ivy, good water flow and erosions as well.

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